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Frequently Asked Questions

Before phoning us and leaving a message on our answer service, completing the form below or sending us a social media message – please kindly see below our frequently asked questions, to find out whether we are able to assist the cat/s or kitten/s in question.

Reporting Stray/Abandoned Cat/s

Before this cat is classed as a stray or abandoned cat, please try your best to find its original owner. The cat is very friendly, which indicates that it may have been previously owned and is a lost cat. Please have a look on Pets On The Net, TradeMe, and Facebook Lost and Found Pet pages for similar appearance cats that have been reported missing. Please also try a flyer drop around your neighbourhood with the cat’s photograph and description. As the cat is friendly, if it is also handleable, please take the cat to your local Vet to scan for a microchip – we have had many instances of a reported “stray” (that was microchipped) who was reunited with their original owner in this way as the presence of a microchip is not visible through just a physical examination. It is very important to Lonely Miaow that we do not rehome a cat that may have lost its way from its owner. After you have determined through these means that the cat has no identifiable owner, please contact us to report the cat as requiring rescue.
It is likely possibility that these cats are being taken care of by a member of the SPCA Cat Coalition – if you would like to assist with their efforts in feeding, please contact SPCA Auckland to to find out further information and be put in touch with a Cat Carer near you. Lonely Miaow is not involved with feeding and maintaining colonies of cats in Auckland. 
Lonely Miaow is solely a volunteer organisation – apart from one contractor whose sole role is to apply for grants, all the individuals involved are volunteers, and rescue and rehabilitates cats in the hours outside of their own day-jobs. Lonely Miaow is also not a cat-removal “service”.
As we are an volunteer organisation, plus the sheer enormous number of stray cats and kittens in Auckland (even just reported to us), we will not be able to attend to your colony report immediately – there will be a wait, particularly if you are unable to trap, and transport the cats.
Whether we are able to attend to your colony report, is also dependent on the areas our cat rescue volunteers are based, and the availability of space in foster homes. In the event that you are able, we do encourage you to borrow a humane cat-trap from us, and transport the cats yourself to a local Vet.
We are also dependent on current finances, our Vet bills averages approximately $8,000 a month – which relies on the generous donations, bequests and grants bestowed upon us, so often we will ask for a donation when we take cats and kittens in.
We do not allow drop-offs at our associated Vets without prior approval. If you have been instructed by a Lonely Miaow rescuer to trap and transport the cats or kittens to a Vet with prior appointment, please check your correspondence and contact the rescuer directly.
If you are currently trapping cats or kittens at your own perogative – at short notice, the only place that you are able to take them to would be SPCA Auckland. We are not able to respond to your request in time as our emails and phone messages are only answered when volunteers are available, in addition we are not able to take in cats and kittens at short notice.

About an Owned Cat

Unfortunately Lonely Miaow is unable to rehome owned cats or kittens. As we are a charitable organisation, we have limited resources, and need to concentrate our resources on rescuing the stray and abandoned cats and kittens that have no one to care for them at the moment. We can suggest Pets On The Net, TradeMe, Facebook groups, and asking friends and family in order to advertise your cat or kitten effectively and find a new home for them. 
Lonely Miaow does not have the resources dedicated to desexing owned cats. We can suggest The Human Society, and Kitty Cat Fixers who both have grant application processes for desexing cats and kittens at a lower rate. 
We would suggest Pets On The Net, TradeMe, Facebook group, flyers around your neighbourhood in order to spread the word about your lost cat or kitten. Unfortunately it is an unlikely possibility that we would have picked your cat up. Most of the cats or kittens that are reported to us have been waiting on our database for rescue for many weeks or months, and are often undesexed and unmicrochipped. 

Contact Us

Have you read our frequently asked questions above?
November 2016: As it is currently kitten season, we are inundated with reports of cats and kittens – please note that we will not be able to immediately respond to your enquiry either by phone or by email. In vast majority of cases, we also won’t be able to immediately facilitate the rescue of the reported cat or kittens, as we currently have ~140 cats and kittens in care.
We do not accept drop-offs of cats or kittens at any of our associated Vets without prior approval. Foster homes (PetStock stores or private foster homes) do not accept drop-offs of cats or kittens from members of the public.

I’d like to report a stray cat or a colony

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Address of where the cat/s are located

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Roughly how many cat (Over 6 months) are you reporting? (required)

Roughly how many kittens (Under 5 months) are you reporting? (required)

What are the overall temperament of the cat/s? (required)

Are you prepared to use a LM cat trap to rescue the cat/s and kittens? (required)

Are you prepared to transport the cat/s (either in a trap or a carrier) to a LM-associated Vet? (required)

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I have another enquiry not involving a cat

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The Lonely Miaow Association
PO Box 125-138
St Heliers
Auckland 1740
09 575 9760